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KarenHalse

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    count sheet

    It sounds like "count sheets" are still being kept as part of the record...is this true. I haven't seen that in awhile. We count, but we do not keep a count record.
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    Implant logs....

    Interesting....in the last 4 hospitals I have worked at they don't. The hospital I am currently at does but why? Especially if it is not a requirement. We put in in the pt. record, the doc's progress note and of course the charge slip. Thanks for the reply.
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    Implant logs....

    Does your hospital still keep implant logs? Thanks :)
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    Where is everyone from?

    Hi there, I an a native Floridian and although I maintain a permanent home in Palm Bay, I am currently working a travel gig in B'ham, Al. I will be home for the winter....YEA! I circulate OR, have nursed for 29 yrs (many different areas) and I am considering a move to a more "northern" Fl. Anyone have any suggestions for who has the friendliest OR's out there....
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    O.R. Orientation

    I think there is a little misunderstanding about scrubbing and "my opinion". The hospital that I trained at which was Humana in Huntsville, Al. did little to encourage an RN to scrub. They were just too cheap and it was to easy and "cost effective" to train a non licensed person. I did not say I agree with this. I only feel that you can still be a good if not "great" circulator without scrubbing. The hospital I am currently at in B'ham, Al., has recently hired several new orientees to the OR. The RN's, (3), and the Tech's (8), were all given about a month of classroom training and the rest is up to the staff of the OR to train them. The RN's had a short couple of weeks learning the basic's of scrubbing and then they are to circulate only...
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    What's up with RNs who refuse to scrub?

    I think it is obvious that there are many opinions that we all have. But, from Scrub Techs being cheaper to use that RN's...(and this is not a put down to either), Scrub Tech's are cheaper. I have worked with some excellent Scrub Tech's as well as lousy one's...also worked with many RN's that scrub and circulate. Being able to scrub doesn't necessarily make you a better circulator. Being able to circulate doesn't necessarily make you a better scrub either. Most of the RN's I know that scrub would rather scrub than circulate. They seem to think it is easier. Circulating is not something that is done without thought or education. "but I have on occasions set up cases, flipped sutures/sponges etc........made sure the right instruments were pulled etc........"...is this all you really thought circulating is about...did you say you were in school to learn to be an RN? We all have an opinion and where I have worked with it is more team work than anything else. That is the way it should be.
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    Cnor

    I was not that impressed with the class. It lasted for 2 full days and we couldn't ask one question. Also, I felt that she did give some good information but she mostly read to us... No, I didn't sign up to take it yet but I need to. I have taken a travel job and have not had the time..hopely in the fall... How about you? What did you think of it? Where are you taking the test at? Let me know how you do...thanks for writing. Karen
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    OR Attire

    I would like to know if anyone of you have to provide your own scrubs for the OR. I interviewed for the OR in B'ham (travel job)and I was told I would have to provide my own scrubs. I thought this was unusual...I didn't think to ask about laundry and such....totally unprerared for that one...
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    O.R. Orientation

    Hey, OR MAN, thanks for the reply. Everyone has their own opinion and maybe if I scrubbed I would agree with you. But, I don't and it seems even if I wanted to, here in the south that has been pretty much out of the question. In Huntsville, where I learned the OR, the attitude was "any warm body that had an interest could learn to scrub" they weren't about to encourage an Rn into scrubbing. Pretty sad...I don't think that is the case so much anymore... I do try to be attentive and anticipate needs on the field. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power...you got that hands down...
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    B'ham

    Thanks for the reply. Ihave decided to takae a travel job there...larger hospital and OR than I am used to but I am really looking forward to it...
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    O.R. Orientation

    I think it is interesting to read the replies to this question. When I was training in the OR I had to learn it with another nurse that was experienced. No classroom instruction at all. I did not learn to scrub and have never really wanted to either. I just don't care to stand in one place for long cases...I do believe you can be a good circulator if you pay attention to the field, learn what is happening, learn the instruments and the docs.. One thing we had to do was keep a log of the cases we did. I think this is important because it will help you to know where you need more experience. I like most of the people here found the OR to be very stressful. I left it after 3 years and spent many yrs doing other things but now I am back and I will stay this time.
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    Lay offs

    I just finished a seasonal contract with an HMA Hospital in Sebastian, Fl. and when the seasonal/travelers were gone that is it....the administration has told us HMA is in trouble and having layoff's at some facilities...ours was "ok" but we too had to tighten the belt to help the other facilities...
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    B'ham

    Is there anyone here that works OR in B'ham...Brookwood hospital to be specific...I am considering an assignment there for the summer...thanks
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    What's up with RNs who refuse to scrub?

    Yoga crna, I appreciate your view point but that is very typical of Out patient surgery. I have worked both and I do prefer a general OR. From the circulator viewpoint, the main negative to a regular OR is the call. On the other hand, in outpatient setting, the circulator work is much harder. Circulatating is the same, just many more surgeries, much more paperwork in a lesser amount of time. It would be better to be a scrub in the outpatient setting. This of course has been my own experience. Not to mention the pay is pretty poor in Outpatient settings. There is not a question that scrubbing and circulating would be easier to sell but scrubbing is definitely not as interesting to me. I would feel once you see a surgery then I would be ready to do something else. With circulating, there is always a challenge. I seldom sit on the job...I do like to keep my OR room cleaned up, have my paperwork complete as much as possible, while keeping an ear to the field. Always thinking about the next one coming into my room...I like to be as prepared as much as possible. Just differences of opinion.
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    What's up with RNs who refuse to scrub?

    I agree with you and I am not into bashing anyone. That is just my point. We all have a job to do and we need to be functioning as a team. I think scrubbing would be very boring. Thanks for the reply.
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    What's up with RNs who refuse to scrub?

    Well POPRN, I am glad to hear someone else feels like I do. I have started giving them notice by asking where were you when we opened, did you check the case before we started, this sort of thing. I do this a couple of times and then the next opportunity I say to them, what size gloves do you wear and I will open you a gown...this does make them realize that I am not going to put up with much of it. There are times when it cannot be helped but on a day to day basis..this ole girl is been down that road too many times! I enjoy OR better now than I did a few years back. I think the shortage is helping us some. I find management is more receptive to listening when we talk now. I don't whine or complain about unimportant issues. The main thing I know is now that I travel (just started last year), I only have to be here for a short amount of time. I can leave this miserable place and go to another one that might be a little more tolerable for better money and great places to explore (our country)...